Kylie Jenner is reportedly “horrified” after getting entangled in a feud on social media with “The Hunger Games” star Amandla Stenberg over the former’s new cornrows photo. Jaden Smith, a close friend of both Jenner and Stenberg, reportedly thinks that he is now “caught in the crossfire.”
Jenner and Stenberg engaged in an Instagram war after the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star posted a photo of herself sporting the new hairstyle on Saturday. The photo sparked a racially charged debate after Stenberg criticized Jenner for neglecting “real” African-American culture while the latter pulled Smith into the feud.
“Kylie is horrified Amandla would say such things to her, especially because she should know how engrossed in African American culture Kylie is,” a source told Hollywood Life. “She feels it’s an unprovoked attack, and possibly something that stems from Jaden turning her against her.
“Kylie would have liked Amandla to have spoken about it privately rather than air their dirty linen in public,” the source told Hollywood Life. “She didn’t mean any disrespect to African American culture by braiding her hair in cornrows, and thinks it’s a fashion that suits her given her own dark complexion.”
Stenberg reportedly initiated the feud by commenting on the photo: "When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter."
Jenner, reportedly responded by writing: "Mad if I do...mad if I don't. Go hang w Jaden or something."
Last year, reports surfaced that Jenner and Smith had been romantically involved. In the last few months, however, Smith and Stenberg have been getting closer, and in May, the 16-year-old actress took the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to her high-school prom.
“Jaden is getting caught in the crossfire between Kylie and Amandla,” another source told Hollywood Life. “He’s a really silly guy and he thought Kylie and Amandla’s little tiff was hilarious at first. But people are making such a huge deal out of it now and Amandla and Kylie don’t think it’s funny at all.
“Amandla wants him to do or say something to support her,” the source went on, adding: “Meanwhile Kylie is blowing up his phone telling him to have Amandla back off. He feels totally stuck in the middle."